Draft : : State Preview
MLB Draft Preview: Missouri
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013
In the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best tools, as well as providing scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists. Please visit this page for all of the links to Perfect Game's 2013 Draft Preview content.
Missouri State-by-State List
most notable aspect of the state of Missouri’s draft list isn’t
the presence of a couple of strong armed pitchers in Devin Williams
and Rob Zastryzny at the top of the list, it is the complete lack of
position prospects with top 10 draft potential. While Missouri has a
long track record of producing talented young arms, the lack of
athletes in the state, especially at the state’s Division I
programs, does stand out.
Missouri list would also be a bit longer if it included Parkway South
High School left handed pitcher Jake Brentz. Brentz decided to pitch
in the Iowa Spring League this spring to best further his conversion
from the outfield to the pitcher’s mound and has been up to 97 mph
this spring. He will be included in the Iowa State Preview.
Right handed high school pitchers
COLLEGE TEAM: Missouri
JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Crowder
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Francis
ON THE RISE: Devin Williams, rhp, Hazelwood West HS, Florissant:
Williams was well known to scouts before the spring season,
especially after his dominating performance at the WWBA World
Championship in Jupiter, Fla. last October, but has continued to
improve this spring and impresses scouts with his easy velocity and
projection. He can’t help but remind some national level scouts of
top Mariners prospect, right handed pitcher Taijuan Walker, given his
build, athleticism and raw stuff.
CARD: Brian Howard, rhp, St. Louis University HS: Extra
tall and loose pitchers always excite scouts, although the supply of
them in the Major Leagues is a bit short. Howard qualifies to an
extreme degree as he’s 6-foot-9, 195-pounds and has a very loose
and easy arm action that can produce low-90s fastballs right now.
His lack of a quality breaking ball and his TCU scholarship will
complicate the evaluation process for the scouting community.
OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Missouri Connection: David
Masters, ss, Central Arizona CC (attended high school in St. Louis
and is committed to attend Missouri State next year)
2014 Prospect: Alex
Lange, rhp, Lee’s Summit West HS
Rash, rhp, University of Missouri
Roy Branch, rhp, Beaumont HS, St. Louis (1971, Royals/1st round, 5th pick)
Crow, rhp, University of Missouri (Nationals/1st round, 9th pick)
Turner, rhp, Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis (Tigers/1st round, 9th pick)
Nicholas, c, University of Missouri (Rangers/6th round)
Eireman, of, Warsaw HS (Rays/3rd round)
Johnson, rhp, Missouri State (Cubs/1st round, 43rd pick)
Players Drafted/Signed: 10/10
College Players Drafted/Signed: 5/5
School Players Drafted/Signed: 11/5
PROSPECTS - GROUPS 1 and 2
1 (rounds 1-3)
DEVIN WILLIAMS, rhp, Hazelwood West HS, Florissant
has been steadily moving up draft boards all spring and will be
talked about by many clubs in the later parts of the first round. He
is the epitome of projectable with a fast, loose arm and an athletic
6-foot-4, 190-pound build that has plenty of room to add strength.
Williams pitches with a fringy plus fastball that will reach 95 mph
now with the anticipation that it will be comfortably a true plus
velocity pitch in the near future. His ascension on the draft boards
actually stems more from his continued flashing of a potential plus
changeup and the improvement in his slider, which he just started
throwing in the last year. For more on Williams, read his Perfect
Game Draft Focus profile here
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